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Lincoln has tiny creatures that wreck havoc on the school

by Randy Ng

 

Lincoln has vermin such as cockroaches and mice. They’re mostly in the classrooms and lockers at Lincoln.Cockroaches aren’t as much of a regular sight but mice are.The main concern with Rat.jpgvermin like this is that if their numbers don’t become controlled, they get out of control and they overwhelm with their numbers.

They also spread diseases such as Lyme Disease and the Hanta Virus. Stuart Dick , the school nurse said, “Vermin should be carefully eradicated in order to protect the safety of students at Lincoln because in other states there have been cases of students eating rat poison, and that is very dangerous.”

The extermination company in charge of killing of vermin in Lincoln is called Apply Pest Management. They are under contract by the SFUSD school district and come once a month to plug holes to prevent rodents from getting into the school, and they also a sticky trap in places of need. They prefer sticky traps over traditional snap traps because it produces a less messy cleanup.

Although the exterminator company comes once a month to eradicate any vermin at the school, it is not fool-proof protection. Jan Allen, a Lincoln school teacher said, “There have been mice seen running around in the cabinets in my office building, and they eat through food packages.”

The way you can prevent vermin in the school would be to not leave any food in your locker or cabinets overnight. If that is done, the rodents have no food supply and will not come back. 

Ask the Log

by Gloria Jeung

 

Dear Mister Log,

How do I become an active listener?

Hi! Listening to people can be hard at times, especially when you're bored, tired, when you have a lot on your mind or when whatever the person is saying is boring or repetitive. But sometimes you have to listen to them if it's your teacher trying to teach you something or if it's your parent going on and on about why you should be studying instead of watching television. Here are some ways you can become an active listener.

Focus on the person who's speaking. Stare at the person's mouth and eyes and listen to the words coming out of their mouth. Sometimes you might space out or your focus might turn to the view outside of the window. If that happens, slap yourself or shake your head and focus again. You could also ask the person next to you to make sure you're paying attention in class. Sometimes it's really hard to focus when you have a lot on your mind. Take notes, and write down the things the teacher's saying. It'll help you focus a little more, and you'll have something to go back to when you want to know what the teacher was talking about on that day. If you know someone who takes notes when teachers lecture, you could ask to borrow those notes. No one's perfect, so if you didn't understand whatever the person was talking about, just ask them to repeat it. If they're speaking too softly, ask them to speak up. Ask questions and nod about the topic to get more into it. I hope these tips help you.

-Mister Log

 

 

Dear Mister Log,

How should I act around a girl I like?

Hi! I know this may sound cliché, but just be yourself! If you pretend to be someone you're not trying to woo and impress her and she falls for it, you'll end up feeling uncomfortable around her because you won't be able to be yourself. If you end up revealing your true self to her, she might think you're a liar, and it'll probably hurt her.

There's a chance that she's crushing on you too, so why pretend? Just talk to her. Get to know her and get her to know you. Once you're both comfortable, ask her out. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t. But don't be down about it if it doesn't work out. Some girls will like you, and some won't. Don't force yourself to be the ideal perfect person if that's not who you are just because you want a girl to like you.

If you are yourself and she doesn't like it and she leaves you, just move on and find another girl. If she doesn't show that she likes you but is comfortable with who you are, you have a chance. Keep chatting it up with her and swoop in for the kill. If she's laughing and smiling with you just about all the time and she's really curious about you and your life, there's a huge chance she likes you too, so just go ahead and ask her out! Unless she has a lover or something... then don't... she'll probably reject you on the spot... and you'll feel bad and stuff.... So while you're getting to know her, make sure you ask if she's single.

Here’s something else you should know. If you don't know what "just be yourself" means, it's just acting and talking the way you act and talk with the rest of your friends. If you get nervous and start doing things you don't normally do on accident, just remember, there's a chance she's as nervous and crazy about you as you are with her. Hope all goes well in your pursuit of love and happiness!

-Mister Log

Little does the teenage brain know

by Albina Protich

Do teens know what they are doing when it comes to alcohol and other drugs? Most teenagers get into the habit of thinking that if they do it once or twice, IMG_1105.JPG it is not that big of a problem. Little do they know that those one or two times can lead to a lifetime of addiction and brain damage.

The human brain does not fully develop until a person reaches their early to mid-twenties. When a teen consumes something that intoxicates them in some way, it affects their undeveloped brain. Most drugs damage the prefrontal cortex which controls complex information processing, judgment, impulses, foreseeing consequences and making plans. Alcohol exposure causes damage to the cerebellum, which manages coordination. It also leads to damage to the hippocampus, which causes damage to a person’s memory.

“The most important thing to know is that marijuana messes with memory formation,” says Stuart, the school nurse. “That is why it is important not to smoke before or during school.” 

Not only do drugs have an effect on the brain, but also has a huge effect on the body. Pills and capsules enter the bloodstream after the stomach lining and small intestine absorb them. Ecstasy may create a sense of pleasure in the short term, but after-effects include anxiety, depression and possible interference with memory.  However, most ecstasy pills are usually mixed in with amphetamine, ketamine or LSD. Most of these include effects such as loss of appetite, sleeplessness and paranoia.

According to Stuart, hallucinogens are not a very common problem amongst high school students. Even though it is not very common, there are still some people that have experimented.

“I popped a pill during the summer, and had the worst 24 hours of my life,” says a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. “I was beyond paranoid and kept thinking that everything was coming to attack me. On top of everything I couldn’t sleep that whole night, so I tossed and turned and was just so tired and exhausted the next day.”

The most common type of hallucinogens are LSD, better known as acid, and mushrooms, known as shrooms. These cause uncontrollable hallucinations and suppressed appetites. High usage of hallucinogens may also trigger mental illness in some people.

“When I did shrooms for the first time, I wasn’t really expecting the outcome that I got out of it. It wasn’t bad, but I was very emotional, and it wasn’t in my capability to control it. The second time I did shrooms was just as great, but the only bad part is that the more you do them, the more you need each time for the same effect,” says a junior at Abraham Lincoln High School.

Even though every person has a different view on the purpose of drugs, science has shown the same outcome each and every time. Drugs and alcohol cause more harm to the body and to the brain than they do good for a person. Long exposure to substance abuse can leave permanent damage to the brain, and that is something that a person can never recover.

Green Academy students bond on camping trip

 

by Stephanie Chu

On Saturday, September 22nd, students from the Green Academy went to the Presidio to escape from the technological world and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  P1010051-1.JPGThey spent the weekend on Rob Hill Campground for a short, yet exciting camping trip.The students were given an opportunity to bond with their classmates as well as develop leadership skills on this trip.

Upon arrival, everyone was required to hand over their cell phones and unpack all of the camping equipment. The students worked together in small groups to put up all of the tents.

Reviewing the campsite rules and learning how to properly dispose of trash at the campground were essential in keeping the campsite a safe and clean environment. They learned how to keep raccoons and other hungry animals from eating their food by putting it in bear bins. If the Green Academy can keep their campsite clean, then they will know how to keep our city clean as well.

“It [the camping trip] is also about observing and being a part of our environment. When you live in nature, you observe different things such as the sounds of the owls at night and the ocean water,” said teacher Valerie Ziegler.

They attended a guided tour, stopping at different sites to see the wildlife. The students learned about the different environmental issues at Rob Hill Campground, such as the depleting wolf population in the Presidio.

“We need to find ways to solve that problem and understand what we have done to keep the wolves from returning to the park,” said Green Academy senior Judy Xie.

The Green Academy also learned about different bugs such as the hairy caterpillar, which are native to San Francisco. The National Park ranger told them about the endangered animals and trees located in the Rob Hill Campground.

After the tour, the seniors led the group to the beach using a map. However, map reading was no easy task. Since the seniors had difficulties, they ended up leading the group to a church during a wedding ceremony. The Green Academy had to sneak past the church as quietly as possible.

“It felt like we were ninjas because after jumping over the stone wall, people started running to the top of the hill [from the adrenaline rush] even when it was super hot that day,” said Xie.

The campers eventually found their way to the beach under the leadership of the seniors, but others decided to go back to their campsite to catch up on their homework.

As it was getting dark, everyone was starving. The Green Academy worked together to cook dinner; some students prepared the salad and spaghetti, while everyone else started the camp fire to cook hotdogs. After filling up on food, the campers finished their meal with the traditional camping treat, s’mores!

During the chilly night, everyone fathered around the campfire to sing campfire songs and tell scary ghost stories. By midnight, everyone was fast asleep, anxious for another exciting day.

On Sunday morning at 7 a.m, the sleepy students ate breakfast then played tug of war as a group activity before getting ready to leave Rob Hill Campground. The group put away their tents, cleaned up the campsite, and then took a group picture. They reflected on the trip and wrote down their favorite memory from this trip. Everyone went back home, bringing back unforgettable memories from their camping trip.

“The Green Academy brings together a bunch of strangers and turns them into one big happy family,” said Xie.

Students wave farewell to bullying in video contest

by Rachel Yee

 

October was national anti-bullying awareness month. This year the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office hosted a video contest for students to raise awareness of anti-bullying. anti-bullying photo.jpgMiddle and high school students were asked to create a minute-long video about bullying.

All participants had to address themes such as the effects of bullying and effective ways to respond to bullying. Submissions could be people sharing their personal experiences from standing up to bullying or talking about how others have helped stop bullying. They were judged on five criteria including the message and the theme, creativity, quality and presentation, education, and bonus points were rewarded if a San Francisco landmark was included in the video.

District Attorney George Gascon hopes that the contest will raise awareness of bullying to everyone, including the bullies themselves. He wants to give the young people a chance to talk about their own personal experiences and let them be heard. “Victims are not alone and we want to bring it up,” Gascon says. “We also hope bullies will see what they’re doing to people and know how harmful bullying is.”

            “Bullying is for the weak who are unconfident and must put down others to feel superior,” junior Manny Lam says. Bullying has been around since the beginning of time and even though everyone is aware that bullying happens, we continue to offer support.

“Anti-bullying should be more than just a month because bullying leaves scars both physically and emotionally; and while the physical ones may take up a month to heal, the emotional ones are always there,” junior Melissa Wong says.

Gascon hopes that by having these videos up on the web they can raise awareness of bullying at all times.

            The winner of the contest will be announced on December 4. The videos will be put up all over the web, in hopes for those videos to go viral. There will be winners for each theme and first, second and third place winners within each category. First place winners will receive iPads and signed baseballs, second place winners will receive tickets to the 2013 SF Giant’s baseball games, and third places winners will choose between Pier 39 fun passes, or sailing lessons or graffiti lessons. All participants will be mentioned and invited to a gathering to watch the winning videos.